Roger Federer is into yet another final at his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel, Switzerland. The five time champion of the event faced another much younger opponent in Saturday’s semfinals. The 23 year old Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, was in his first semifinal in Basel, and the nerves showed early. Federer pounced on his early opportunities to take the first set 6-3.
Pospisil settled down in the second set, keeping the match close. At a pivotal moment, the Swiss maestro broke for 5-3 and a place in Sunday’s final. However the young Canadian broke back when Federer hit a cross court forehand just out.
The Canadian went on to force a tiebreak, where the Swiss maestro uncharacteristically dipped in form, letting the match continue into a third set. He would need to dig himself out of a 1-3 deficit, which he did, thereafter tightening his grip on the match. At 5 all, Federer broke Pospisil in the longest game of the match, quickly securing his place in the final. It marks the 10th final appearance for the Swiss maestro in Basel.
After 2 hours 40 minutes, Federer is through, 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-5. He will face Juan Martin Del Potro in a rematch of last year’s final.
Watch the 2013 Swiss Indoors final (2:30pm Basel/8:30am EDT/5:30am PDT) on FF07tv.